Black History Month: From Negro History Week to Pan-African Historical Context

Originally published on The Black Commentator in 2008 “Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.” – Carter G. Woodson “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots” – Marcus Garvey The need to once and for all embrace a reasonable and comprehensive interpretation of African history that inspires and uplifts Black people is evident when examining how Black History Month is celebrated in US culture. Like most other historic reflections, Black History Month is . . .

A UNIA flyer depicting an African at a crossroads.

The Black Reformist & the Betrayal of the Black Masses

What you and I must understand is, the negro reformist is a powerless political entity, therefore, the only card he has to play in the game of politics, is his ability to keep the Black masses trapped in the system that oppresses them (i.e. keep the Black masses voting), in exchange for progressive legislation for himself. . . .